“The key is to keep company only with those who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” — Epictetus It’s a dark world we live in, isn’t it? People around us bring our feelings down all the time. They judge others, speak negatively, assume the worst of people, and just generally have a negative outlook on life. They might say they’re happy people, but … Continue reading Avoiding Negativity
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Victor Frankl Humans are freakish creatures, aren’t they? Think about it. We’re smart enough to argue over completely made up concepts and ideas. No other animal discusses politics or religion because they … Continue reading Forming an Unstoppable Will
“We suffer more in imagination than in reality” — Seneca Seneca was a Roman philosopher who lived from 4 BCE to 65 CE. He projected the idea that human lifetimes are the perfect amount of time if time was used properly. This quote seems… grim at first, to say the least. Without a second thought, this quote is telling you to suck it up and … Continue reading Powerful Mentality
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to face ourselves.” –Victor Frankl Victor Frankl was a psychiatrist and neurologist from Austria. He survived the Holocaust, moving through Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering and Türkheim. He went on to form a new branch of psychotherapy known as logotherapy, which focuses on finding meaning in one’s life. Frankl lived through some pretty big … Continue reading Accept to Adapt
“A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.” — Marcus Aurelius Fire is a tricky element. If used correctly, it can give life to the things around it. We use it to cook nutritious food for our bodies. We use fire to generate light, for countless different reasons, as well as heat, which we can use to forge … Continue reading Feed Your Fire.
“The Fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them.” — Cleanthes of Assos This quote summarizes… well, Stoicism as a whole. Take the word stoic and think about its definition, ignoring the philosophy behind it. According to google, stoic is defined as follows: noun 1.a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. The … Continue reading Solutions Within Problems: Part Six
“Will is our internal power, which can never be affected by the outside world.” — Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way People let everything get to them nowadays. No, I don’t mean people get upset over everything. Getting upset or a little bit frustrated is natural. I mean people have a bad habit of letting every minor inconvenience cut to the bone … Continue reading Solutions Within Problems: Part Five
“When your feelings are screaming that you’ve had enough … override that emotion with concrete logic and willpower that says one thing: I don’t stop.” — Jocko Willink, Retired Navy Seal Officer Nobody likes the over-the-top motivational speaker. It’s a good thing that this quote doesn’t exactly come from one. The last blog post went in detail on the best way of adapting to the … Continue reading Solutions Within Problems: Part Four